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Walter R. Walsh, Former FBI Agent, Olympian and Marine Corps Sniper, Died at 106

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Walter R. Walsh chased gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s before becoming the longest-lived Olympian.

He died at 106 at his home in Arlington, Va., the Associated Press reports.

Walsh also trained Marine Corps snipers.

In 1934, Walsh joined the FBI and began pursuing gangsters. His efforts led to the capture of Arthur “Doc” Barker in Chicago. He also fatally shot Russell “Rusty” Gibson – one of between 11 and 17 gangsters he killed, his son said.

Walsh also joined the Marine Corps and trained snipers in North Carolina.
In the London Olympics in 1948, Walsh placed 12th in the men’s 50-meter free pistol event.

Former FBI Agent, Wife Face Prison Today in Investment Fraud Case That Targeted Seniors

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former FBI agent and his wife face prison time Tuesday  for preying on seniors in an investment fraud case, the Associated Press reports.

John and Sara Graves, of Fredericksburg, Va., were convicted in April of mail fraud, conspiracy and four counts of wire fraud.

Prosecutors said the couple opened an investment company in 2003 and used the funds of elderly people to buy real estate and other personal belongings, the AP wrote.

John Graves faces up to 17 and a half years under federal sentencing guidelines. His wife faces nine years.

Defense attorneys are calling for no more than five years for the former FBI agent and home confinement for his wife, the AP wrote.

Illegal Video Download Host Who Let Millions See Free Movies and TV Shows Pleads Guilty

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

In June of last year the feds shut down the website NinjaVideo.net, which let millions of viewers see copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats for free or for a nominal fee.

On Thursday,  one of the site’s founders, Hana A. Beshara of Las Vegas,  pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va. to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.  Sentencing is set for Jan. 6.

Beshara admitted the site collected more than $500,000 in overall proceeds over its two-and-a-half-year existence, and that she earned more than $200,000. Beshara agreed to forfeit assets seized by law enforcement in the June 2010 raid “including cash, an investment brokerage account, two bank accounts, a Paypal account and one Internet advertising account,” according to a Justice Department press release.

A press release from the Justice Department said:

“The NinjaVideo.net website allowed visitors to download infringing copies of hundreds of television shows and movies, including those still playing in theaters and some that had not yet been released in theaters. Website visitors could download much of the infringing content for free, but visitors who “donated” at least $25 obtained access to private forum boards that contained a wider range of infringing material.”